were surprised to read a couple of weeks ago on Page Six that Tiffany
and Louis Dubin were parting ways after 18 years
of marriage. The beautiful Mrs. Dubin is the step-daughter
of Alfred Taubman who brought “vintage” fashion
and style into the mainstream first with auctions at Sotheby’s
and then with her own boutique at Bendel’s. Mr. Dubin
is the international real estate developer. The split is
said to be amicable, and with these two, it very possibly
Is it something in the water? Two
more of the New York Social Set’s most popular
couples are also said to be heading for splitsville.
Both are classic examples of partnerships actualized
out of ambition on one hand and desire on the other.
In one, he’s allegedly had it Up To Here with her
party girl ways. A May-September (September, not December)
alliance, he is a successful and innovative businessman who made a huge
fortune from his creative efforts later in life. After he’d raised
a family with a first wife.
She … was a cutie when they first met about twenty years ago. In
the last couple of years, however, she’s taken to idealizing the
cuties (good-looking younger guys) she sees in her New York nightlife.
Her dissatisfaction, oft expressed
by dissing him, has been the talk of their set. You never know
what comes between two people when a marriage sours but from
the outside-looking-in this one looks like When Too Much Is Not
Enough (or: All I Want Is Everything). There are children also,
and those close to the couple believe he cares too much to abandon
However, in the meantime, there’s said to be not one but two lovely
ladies ready to provide the TLC’s he’s been missing from
his missus. And, god knows, in Palm Beach, where the couple have a residence,
there are probably a couple dozen who would be more than happy to do
the honors once they hear he’s back on the market.
Un-marriage Number Two has been in and out of the rumor
mill several times in the past several years. The well-liked couple are
well established on the New York-Southampton axis thanks to his Social
Register name and her ambition — little of which seems to have
rubbed off on him, for despite his pedigree, she’s the one who’s
kept them Out There and made life interesting.
In times past, she’s needed the shoulder to cry on. This time he’s
been telling people he’s bailing. If that’s so, she may be
worried … but relieved. For her it’s been strictly Too Much
of Not Enough, or: enough already.
New York is now into the second and final week of
Jeanne-Claude and Christo’s “The Gates” in
Central Park. Last Saturday I went along for the tour when JH
and the Digital covered the upper end of Park, from
110th Street south. On a cold but sunny early afternoon, there
were thousands taking in this fascinating phenomenon that enchants,
exhilarates and stimulates all kinds of feeling and conversation.
Saturday night I had dinner at the new private club Fizz with a friend
and a couple from the Pacific Northwest who were in town specifically
to see “The Gates.” After three separate visits including
one that took in the entire 23 miles of the installation, and a front
row view from their hotel room, her feelings ran the gamut, and often
all at the same time. But the final opinion capped it: it’s just
Yesterday JH took it in again because of the freshly fallen snow, and
again – this being his third or fourth visit – it looked
different and felt different from each time before. And the Park was
packed, even in the inclement weather. And the crowds were visibly delighted,
amused, lifted, and in awe. Even those who weren’t sure they liked
A friend of mine who came (in out of the rain) from Los
Angeles came to catch a glimpse and also visit the Plaza Hotel which
is about to undergo a change of focus, had a helluva time finding a hotel
room anywhere. So the Christos have achieved exactly what they set out
to do when they first started presenting the idea many years ago: boost
the commerce of the city with tourist dollars and give the Park a much
needed boost out of its dead-winter blues.